Rural area in Malaysia is mainly populated by Malays. Malay here is defined as someone who speaks Malay Language, Muslim, living in a Malay lifestyle, born or has a parent who was born in Malay Federation before the independence, or races from Indonesia including Javanese, Acheh and Minangkabau. The aim of this study is to clarify the structure of traditional kampung (village in Malay) in the rural area, community activities and characteristics of Javanese-Malay culture in the kampung. It will be focusing on the daily lifestyle and occasional festivals in the kampung, especially at the communal facilties; mosque, community hall and house's compound. A paddy village in the state of Selangor, Kampung Sungai Haji Dorani, is selected as a cade study, where the community is mainly populated by Javanese-Malay people, and also known as an attractive homestay village. This study shows that lifestyle and culture in a kampung that involved participation of the whole villagers through its communal events and festivals; baraan, gotong-royong and kenduri, has created a strong community in this kampung. The physical structure of the kampung and the openness feature of the houses also contributed as another factors. The close relationship in the community has allowed the kampung to be participated actively in the community-based development and tourism, namely The Malaysian Homestay Program. This program is an innitiative by the government as a part of its rural development plan in promoting the culture and lifestyle of Malaysian kampung as the new tourism tools.
Rohaslinda Binti Ramele, Kobe University, Japan
Stream: Asian Studies
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